Luxe Holidays to Cambodia

People go on holiday to Cambodia for the wonderful warm welcome they receive from the Khmer people as much as the magical sights from the Angkor Wat which should be on everyone’s bucket list to the amazing cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap plus soaking up life on and around the mighty Mekong River. So moving from rural rice paddies to palm trees to award winning cuisine in city restaurants to the white sands of the South Coast Cambodia is a country of many facets like a jewel which needs to be explored and admired.

So take your pick from one of these amazing boutique hotels picked by Mr & Mrs Smith


In a pristine pocket of the Gulf of Thailand, 22 kilometres offshore, lies the Koh Rong archipelago, a collection of untouched isles, two of which are home to eco-chic escape Song Saa Private Island. If you were lucky enough to visit Koh Samui or Phi Phi before the tourist boom, then those dreamy scenes are what you can expect to find here – sugar-white beaches, protected reefs and jungle-shrouded hills. Snorkelling, diving and sunbaking beckon. By contrast, backpacker-favourite Sihanoukville brims with French patisseries, pizza joints and all-night dance sessions on the beach.

Song Saa Private Island Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia (More Information & Booking)

Cambodia's Sihanoukville may top the backpackers' hitlist, but it's what lies offshore that's caught our eye. Song Saa Private Island hotel in the Koh Rong Islands is an eco-luxe escape spread over a pair of pristine isles, with thatch and stone villas dotted among the jungle canopy or lolling above the sea. Being green-minded has never been so glamorous.


Residents and tourists abandoned Kep’s smart villas and grand mansions while civil war, the Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese occupation took their toll, but since the 1990s, this raffishly charming seaside outpost has been re-emerging from its shell. The sandy stretches aren’t the country’s finest, or the jungle the most extensive, but anyone with a hankering for adventure, a taste for seafood and an eye for architecture will discover a pearl on sleepy shores, far from the tide of mass tourism. Cambodia’s ‘riviera’ could be the unexpected highlight of your trip.

Knai Bang Chatt Kep, Cambodia (More Information & Booking)

Kep-sur-Mer was the beach destination for French colonials and Cambodian high society to hang out back in the day and the spirit of a bygone era is elegantly recaptured at Knai Bang Chatt. With bold modernist architecture set on the simple but stylish seafront, this design-savvy retreat puts Kep right back on the map.

Siem Reap

Dark years under Pol Pot may have taken Cambodia to the brink of collapse, but the green shoots of recovery are nowhere stronger than in Siem Reap, where a fresh crop of boutique hotels, trendy French bistros and lavish spas breathe new life into the town. Siem Reap has never needed fancy trimmings to draw visitors: its star attraction is the architectural marvel Angkor Wat. Rescued from their jungle embrace, the Angkor temples have the grand scale of the Great Wall, the iconic beauty of the Taj Mahal and the powerful symbolism of the pyramids. With its laid-back pace and good-time vibe, Siem Reap feels like a happy grin barely hidden by a shy hand.

Belmond La RĂ©sidence d'Angkor Siem Reap, Cambodia (More Information& Booking)

Belmond La RĂ©sidence d’Angkor is a place of hidden charms. Arranged around a discreet courtyard with an inky swimming pool as its centerpiece, this stylish sanctuary encourages you to slow right down. The rooms are open and inviting, blending traditional materials with subtly modern design, and you can’t help but love the oversize bathtubs. And the spa; oh, the spa. In a word? Special. And, if you need to switch gears, the night market and town centre are a 10-minute walk away.

Shinta Mani Club Siem Reap, Cambodia (More Information & Booking)

Sophisticated Shinta Mani Club boutique hotel in Siem Reap seduces with soft lighting, fragrant scents and made-you-look, mod-Cambodian design, care of US interiors whizz Bill Bensley. Mission out on tailored tours to Ankgor's dazzling temples, then retreat to your spacious suite or savour the cool pool, soothing spa and dreamy swing-seat dining

Amansara Siem Reap, Cambodia (More Information & Booking)

For many an Aman pilgrim, the resort is the destination. Formerly the guest residence of King Sihanouk, Amansara continues this noble tradition, welcoming the fortunate and famous for a unique boutique experience at Angkor. A Sixties designer delight from the halcyon days of new Khmer architecture, this is Siem Reap’s retro-chic masterpiece.

Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat Siem Reap, Cambodia (More Information & Booking)

It may feel like a blissful beach retreat, but Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat in Siem Reap is actually on the rural outskirts of Cambodia's famous inland temple town. Upping the oasis factor are two pools, tropical gardens, smart Italian and Khmer dining, and an intimate spa, while light white-and-blue contemporary boudoirs nod to soothing Mediterranean style.
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